At the start of each session, TYO offers trainings for its volunteers, translators, teachers and interns. A vital part of the Youth Service Learning Program, trainings are used as a way prepare our university volunteers for the classroom. Just as important, we lead joint trainings for international interns and their translators and volunteers. The training is a chance for these two peer groups to break the ice, share expectations, describe the class activities, and explain various rules. During the training, local volunteers have the opportunity to meet the international interns who come to Nablus for the first time. A face-to-face meeting with their interns encourages our volunteers to be more committed and invested in the class, raises their responsibilities towards their community and their work.
The training between the interns and their translators and volunteers is broken into two parts. First, a meeting between the interns and translators is arranged in order to discuss the dynamics of translation, how to lead the class, the roles of an intern, a translator and a volunteer in the classroom. Second, a meeting between the interns and their volunteers and translators is held to introduce the class activities and plans. Often, the intern explains his or her class curriculum to the volunteers and receives feedback from them, shaping the lesson plans to suit the needs of our students.
TYO places a great deal of importance on cross-cultural trainings between interns and volunteers and translators. The exchange of ideas that occurs between these youth in the initial phase of class planning is of utmost value and importance in reaching the end goal of a successful class for children.
Ahmad is the Volunteer Coordinator